Light It Up
Light It Up (1999)

Noted R&B artist and producer Kenneth (Babyface) Edmonds served as executive producer for this tough urban drama. After a shooting incident in a neglected inner-city school leaves a police officer wounded, a group of students holds the cop… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 10, 1999
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2000
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Soon into the student uprising, the story starts to feel like a warmed over after-school special.

Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Vanessa Williams adds marquee value as a police negotiator.

Tom Keogh

Nelson, Whitaker and their talented, young co-stars give this film most of whatever juice it has.

David Ehrenstein
New Times

... it's this sense of the "real" that not only keeps Light It Up lively but that marks it -- for all its visual flair -- as happily out of step with a zeitgeist enamored of naught but money and notoriety as the wildly overhyped millennium turns.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

Strong acting, tense plot.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Writer-director Craig Bolotin wants to get our motors racing, our minds pondering and our hearts pumping. Laudable goals; shaky results.

Scott Weinberg

Snuff it out!

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The problem is the movie is too predictable--so predictable that it keeps it from truly generating suspense.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

The dialogue is ridiculous and condescending.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...isn't so much a bad movie as an unfinished movie

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Remi Logan
Usher's "acting" ruined the whole thing for me